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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Simply Energy

    Location

    Adelaide, South Australia

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    March 2018

    Status

    Current

  • Project Partners
    GreenSync, SAPN, AEMO, Tesla, Flextronics

Summary

The Simply Energy Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project will deliver up to 1200 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to Adelaide households.

This represents 6 MW of residential energy storage, while a further 2 MW of demand response capacity will be deployed across 10 commercial businesses.

How the project works

The Simply Energy Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project will employ a centrally managed network of energy storage systems installed behind the meter that can be collectively controlled to deliver benefits to households and the local community.

Customers can expect better value from their renewable energy solution and the local network will have more distributed energy resources from which to draw from, which in turn improves reliability, particularly at times of peak demand and system instability.

Area of innovation

The project will develop the GreenSync decentralised energy exchange or “deX” platform to a commercial scale. The innovative deX platform will provide an energy marketplace that changes the way electricity is produced, used, stored and traded.

Last updated
04 August 2020

Benefit

Individual customers will benefit from reduced power costs as they are able to increase the amount of rooftop solar power they consume by storing the solar-generated energy and using it later when they would otherwise be consuming power from the grid. The energy storage systems are also able to provide backup power in the event of an outage.

While it is hard to be specific as everyone’s electricity consumption patterns are different, under this offer, an average customer with a 5kW solar PV system can expect to save about 40% per cent on the cost of a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery and about 20 per cent off their electricity bills.

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Last updated 04 August 2020

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